The Counselling & Psychotherapy Centre, 23 Bath Road, Swindon, Wiltshire SN1 4AS Tel: 01793 514550

Fiona Thorne

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BackgroundFiona Thorne

I am a Chartered Physiotherapist with over 20 years of experience, in the treatment of adults with pain and disability, working both in the NHS and privately.

I treat patients with complex problems that have not responded to traditional physiotherapy, chiropractic and osteopathic treatment.  My research has highlighted that many of these patients have a history of trauma which has not been processed and has therefore been held within the body as soft tissue tightness causing congestion, around which the body has to compensate often to its detriment, leading to pathology and disease.

In 2012 I qualified as a Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist which has totally changed my practice from being symptom focused to working with the cause of the problem. I now treat almost exclusively in this way as it allows the body to release in its own way, in its own timing without being imposed upon, a respectful and profound way of working particularly with patients who have experienced trauma.

What can I expect ?

A full musculoskeletal/orthopaedic assessment of the problem for which you may need to suitably undress. It is advisable to wear something that you will be comfortable in.  If I  feel that you would benefit from further investigations or onward referral I will, with your permission, write to your GP.  If I do not feel that you will gain benefit from this form of treatment I will be honest with you and give you advice on what you should do next.

I have excellent links with the Orthopaedic, Rheumatology and Pain Consultants in the Swindon Area having worked locally for over 13 years.

What is Craniosacral therapy? – It is a gentle hands on treatment which coupled with basic psychotherapy facilitates the processing of held tissue tightness and dysfunction. It is an holistic treatment addressing the body and mind with the aim of improving function, health and reducing pain however chronic.

Craniosacral therapy works with the cause of the problem, it works in the fluids of the body rather than being joint, nerve or soft tissue focused.  In this way it aims to facilitate the release of held tightness which the body has learnt to compensate for, restoring function. It is also an excellent way of preparing for and recovering from surgery and in my experience will generally improve the outcome of surgery.

Craniosacral therapy treatment is done with the patient fully clothed with shoes removed, lying on a plinthe, alternatively sitting on a chair if this is not possible.

You might feel areas of tightness in your body and as these change during treatment you may feel tingling, warmth, increased body awareness and some patients experience some emotional release.


BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy 1994

Post Graduate Diploma in Practical & Academic Sports Injuries 1997

MSc in Manipulative Physiotherapy 2000

Diploma in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy 2012


For the last 13 years I have worked as an Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioner working as both a Knee and Spinal Specialist in the NHS working in lieu of Orthopaedic Consultants organising further investigations such as xrays, MRI scans and blood tests and listing patients for injections and surgery.

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy treatment works with the cause of the symptoms and aims to facilitate the processing of held tissue tightness which once shed do not return.  Treatment effect is therefore long term.


£50, session length 50 minutes.

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There are five rooms, all suitable for couples or individual Counselling. One of these is large enough to use for family therapy, groups or training workshops. The therapy rooms are furnished with large leather chairs with cushions, solid oak side tables, classic floor and table lamps, plants and framed photos or pictures of landscapes.

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